It's that time of year again. The leaves are changing color, the weather is cooling down, and millions of Americans are gearing up for their new favorite pastime. Are you ready for some:

Fantasy Football!

For those who don't know, fantasy football is a game in which participants draft real-life NFL players to form an imaginary team. These teams then compete against each other based on the statistical performance of the players in real-life NFL games.

Fantasy football is incredibly popular; according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, more than 59 million people are playing in the United States and Canada alone. But what is it about this game that makes it so addictive? Let's take a look.

The Social Aspect

One of the biggest draws of fantasy football is the social aspect. For many people, fantasy football provides a way to connect with friends and family members who they otherwise might not have much in common with. According to a study conducted by the University of Minnesota, fantasy football also has a positive effect on workplace morale; employees who participated in a fantasy football league reported higher levels of satisfaction with their jobs and coworkers.Is Fantasy Football the most addictive game on the planet?

The Competition

Another big reason why people get hooked on fantasy football is the competitive nature of the game. Everyone wants to be the champion of their league, and bragging rights are on the line every week. According to ESPN, 31% of players say they play fantasy football primarily for the competitive aspect; specifically, they enjoy beating friends, family members, and coworkers.

The Strategy

A lot of people also enjoy fantasy football because it requires strategic thinking and planning. Drafting a team that will be successful requires research and knowledge of the game; managing a team throughout the season requires even more strategic thinking as you make trades, adjust your lineup, and pick up new players off waivers. If you're someone who enjoys puzzles or strategy games, then fantasy football is definitely for you.

So why is fantasy football so addictive?

There are a number of reasons: the social aspect, the competition, and the strategy required to be successful. Whatever your reason for playing, one thing is certain: once you start playing, it's hard to stop!

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